In exploring the cafes of Mexico City, we knew we had to try Chiquitito.

Chiquitito Cafe is located on the Alfonso Reyes Boulevard, a two-way street that has a tree-lined walkway down its middle. Sitting outside on Chiquitito’s choice of three outdoor tables gives you prime people-watching ability and some fresh air.

Best features of Chiquitito Cafe

One of the outstanding features of Chiquitito Cafe is its staff, at least at the Alfonso Reyes location. We aren’t sure how four baristas fit behind the counter, but the compact space doesn’t stop them from being friendly, cheerful and ‘amable.’

It seems people here know each other, from the customers who walk in and high-five each other with a, “¿Cómo estás?” to those who walk in and order their usuals, “un americanito,” or “un cappuccino.”

A display case of pastries in Cafe Buna, Mexico City. Two cups of coffee at Chiquitito Cafe in Mexico City. Glass coverings used on glass footed pastry cake stands at a coffee shop counter

The story of Chiquitito Cafe

Chiquitito Cafe was born in 2012 out of a desire to serve the best cup of coffee possible in a relaxing atmosphere. Chiquitito brings the details of each grain from its producer all the way to the cup you enjoy.

Chiquito Cafe, Mexico. A glass of Chiquitito Cafe sits on a table in Mexico City.

Details like the black-and-white aesthetic, the eclectic music playing, the wooden bar and its shiny silver La Marzocco machine and the array of French press and goose-neck kettles stacked carefully in the shelves create a cafe full of things all very ‘coffee.’

A menu is displayed on a wall at Chiquitito Cafe in Mexico City. Stacks of paper coffee cups in a coffee shop shelf

Types of coffee you can find at Chiquitito

We tried two espressos (one was a seasonal newbie), the Chiquitito cold brew and their signature americano. All coffees are from the states of Oaxaca or Veracruz, meaning your drink has local origins.

Two glasses of Chiquitito Cafe on a table in front of a person in Mexico City. A woman's hand holding a cup of tea at Chiquitito Cafe in Mexico City. Chiquito cafe in Mexico City.

The espressos were bold, but not overwhelmingly bitter - a good start for an espresso beginner. The cold brew was smooth and not too concentrated - a good drink to have on its own that carries its own flavors.

Shopping for coffee at Chiquitito

In the corner near its garage-door-style entrance, you can pick up Chiquitito coffee to bring home. Coffees come from Oaxaca and Veracruz states, and are roasted in Mexico City by Jiribilla Tostador. Need a new V60 pour over kit? They have those, too.

Chiquito cafe in Mexico City. Choquito cafe coffee bags on a shelf.

If you’re traveling through the rest of Mexico City, check out our other favorite cafes nearby.

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